Big wins for Tennis Stars in U.S. Open

Monday, September 02, 2019

Former World number 1 Serena Wolliams and American rising star Coco Gauff have all won their first matches in the U.S. Open in style. 

Simona, who defeated Serena in straight sets at Wimbledon final last month recovered from a slow start to beat Nicole Gibbs and reach the second round. The American tennis star Gibbs - a cancer survivor tried very hard to hit Simona on the break. But inform Halep responded by a point breaker and winning the set 6-3, 1-4, soon after the play had resumed in an action-packed tennis match played at Louis Armstrong stadium.

Day-one of the championship saw tennis superstar Serena Williams produce a dramatic comeback to smash 6-1, 6-1, points pass Maria Sharapova, saving all five sets against five-time grand slam winner Sharapova, who looked far from being at her best against a powerful Serena. The former world no: 1. Serena is looking to win her 7th U.S open title after missing the chance to add on to her medal collections following a highly controversial final that ended her title dream.. The 37-year-old Serena who has won a single grand slam title a record 23-times overall is hoping to put that moment behind her as she aim to win the coveted crown on home soil. The other match in the women’s schedule saw Niomi Asaka beat Anna Blinkora in defence of the title she won last season. Asaka who succeeded veteran tennis superstar Serena in the number on the women’s tennis association’s rankings for 2019, ran away with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 with over her opponent Blinkora. Niomi will return to action Thursday.

Meanwhile, 2017, United States open champion, Sloane Stephens suffered a disappointing defeat to Anna Kalinskaya, 6-3, 6-4, sets Tuesday evening. The defeat has abruptly ended Stephens dream of winning the title she last won in 2017.

The biggest highlight of Tuesday schedule of play in the women’s first round singles saw Coco Gauff return to winning ways. The American teenage sensation Gauff, captivated the tennis fans with her brilliant display of talent, upsetting world number 76-ranked tennis star Anastasia Potapova with 3-set victory at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Coco fought  back from a first-set loss to claim the much needed victory over a determined Anastasia Potapova who’s only 3-years older than Coco.

Just like in Wimbledon where she rocked the tennis world with her magical run to the last 16, Coco held on to the momentum supported by cheering fans in New York who were singing her name on top of their voice.

 It is hard to belief that Coco is making her U.S. Open debut as a wild-card recipient. Her level of maturity, fighting spirit, poised and courts coverage is simply extraordinary of someone at her teenage age. But her 73% first-serve success rate does not come as a surprise to the cheering crowd that include her parents; Father Corey who doubled as Coco’s coach - and mother Candi. The two proud parents were seated close to the court where they could clearly see Coco perform in front of 14,000 capacity at the newly built Louis Armstrong Stadium.

I had the privilege to pose for pictures with both Corey and Candi and spoke to them about Coco after the match. From their actions, you could clearly feel the sense of pride and excitement seeing their teenage daughter rose to stardom at one of tennis biggest stages. As I continue to watch Coco play from the start to finish, I can unequivocally state that her backhand and powerful shot combined with her composure have become her highest strength. Coco’s level of maturity and attitude on the courts will absolutely  help her win many grand slam titles someday in her career.

Author: Lamin Drammeh in USA
Source: Picture: Defending Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and Serena